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We have term limits
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

In his recent letter regarding term limits ("We need term limits," Public Forum, Aug. 9), Gary Allred misses the boat on two fronts. First, Americans as a whole overwhelmingly approve of the job their elected officials do. Many will point to polls and say that I have no idea what I'm talking about; but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

The incumbent re-election rate in Congress in the 2012 election was an overwhelming 91 percent, proving without fail that We the People believe Congress fully represents our interests.

This leads to the second point where Allred is mistaken. If the above were not 100 percent true, then term limits are automatically enacted without formal law, in the form of that thing some of us choose to leverage: the right to vote.

As it currently stands, We the People have the right to enact term limits at every election.

Due to the valid points in Allred's letter, Congress will never self-impose term limits. It's up to us to "throw the bums out," as they say.

Boyd Starr


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